Competitive combat sports are epitomized by the need to exert powerful force repeatedly during a contest. No matter what the discipline: judo, wrestling, boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu or MMA; combat sports athletes have all their physiological body systems challenged whilst competing.
Combat sports athletes also have the need to exert maximal force whilst attempting to sustain body weight within a particular weight class, and as such relative strength is a greater benefit than hypertrophy.
In order to do this and perform at an elite level, diet and training requires also optimization of dietary supplementation. This article will outline the best energy drinks for combat sports athletes.
TOP 6 BEST SELLING ENERGY DRINKS
6. Heat/ celsius
CELSIUS HEAT is a great tasting, carbonated pre-workout drink with 300mg of affeine and 2,000mg of added citrulline. CELSIUS HEAT is specifically fomulated to deliver the additional boost you need to take your work to the next degree.
* 300mg CAFFEINE
* 2000mg CITRULLINE
* ACCELERATES METABOLISM
Price: $2.25 Per Serving
- 5-Hour Energy/ livingessential
5-Hour Energy was formulated to help wake up your brain and provide the support to help you feel the way you want to feel – bright, alert, focused and energetic.* What you won’t feel is jittery.* That’s because, unlike other energy drinks, 5-Hour Energy doesn’t jack you up with sugar and herbal stimulants. Instead, it’s packed with stuff like B-vitamins and amino acids.
To get anything out of those canned energy drinks you have to force down a lot of liquid – up to 24 ounces for some of them. It takes just seconds to slam down a 2-ounce 5-Hour Energy shot. That means its energizing ingredients get into your system faster.
Price: $1.90 Per Serving
- MR. HYDE Energy Shot/ Pro Supps
Mr. Hyde Energy Shot is an ultra-concentrated, intense energy booster. This product was specifically created as a convenient option for someone to grab at any time and get a quick jolt. Containing 200mgs of caffeine per serving (400 mgs in the whole shot), this is a must for the business person running from meeting to meeting, the college student studying late at night or the athlete in the middle of a workout.
- Intense energy shot for instant energy and focus
- 200 mgs caffeine per serving (400mg per shot/2 servings per bottle)
- Only 5 calories and sugar free
- 24 intense energy shots per case
Price: $1.17 Per Serving
- Outrage Shots/ Nutrex
Energize your body with our NEW anytime extreme energy shot! Whether you are hitting the gym hard, going for a run, playing sports, or even just in need of some energy during the day, OUTRAGE Extreme Energy Shot fires you up! Don’t let tiredness stand in your way, OUTRAGE Extreme Energy Shot was formulated to increase energy, improve mental focus, promote endurance, and boost performance.*
The 16oz energy drinks are a thing of the past; this shooter offers all you need in just 4 ounces. Each 4 ounce bottle contains 2 full servings of non-stop energy. Who has time for shaker cups and carrying around tubs of powder to mix when you can just grab our shot and go! No matter if kept at room temperature or in the fridge, Outrage shots are guaranteed to always taste great! Take a shot and FEEL the difference!
Price: $1.08 Per Serving
- Bang Energy Drink/ VPX
Make no mistake bang® is not your stereotypical high sugar, life-sucking soda masquerading as an energy drink! Power up with bang’s powerful brain & body-rocking fuel: creatine, caffeine, & bcaas (branched chain amio acids).
- Support energy and focus!*
- Contains bcaa’s and electrolytes to fuel your performance*
- Two delicious servings per bottle!
Price: $2.00 Per Serving
- Recovery Drink/ Kill Cliff
Clean Recovery and Hydration. KILL CLIFF Recovery Drinks are perfect after sweaty workouts, big rides, full rounds, long days, longer nights, or whenever you need to get back to full speed. Quitting is not an option.
Blend of electrolytes, plant extracts, vitamins, enzymes, and other functional ingredients. No artificial colors or flavors. Sugar free, gluten free, and only 15-20 calories per can. Refresh. Recover. Repeat.
Created by a Navy SEAL. KILL CLIFF is proud to be an Official Partner of the Navy SEAL Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from every KILL CLIFF Recovery Drink sold goes towards supporting these warriors and their families.
Price: $2.75 Per Serving
Take It at the Right Time
If you’re slamming that Monster during your rest periods, don’t expect it to add squat to your squat. Likewise, if you took it three hours before your workout, it’s not going to do a whole lot of good for you.
Previous research shows pure caffeine ingested in capsule or powder form peaks in the blood in about 30 minutes, while liquids like coffee or energy drinks peak between 60-90 minutes] While timing tends to vary between studies, it’s safe to say that the benefits of either ingestion method are available to you right around 60 minutes after consumption.
Admittedly, some studies of energy drinks with higher dosages of caffeine show improvements in as little as 15 minutes so as long as you are within an hour of exercise you should be good to go.
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